5 Olympic Venues and More: Mexico City’s Magdalena Mixhuca Sports Complex Redefines Multifunctionality

Sports Complex Magdalena Mixhuca

The Magdalena Mixhuca Sports Complex is a 192-hectare sports complex located in Mexico City. It consists of four Olympic venues: the Fernando Montes de Oca Olympic Fencing Hall, the Juan Escutia Sports Palace, the Jesús Martínez Palillo Athletics Stadium, and the Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome. The fencing hall was built specifically for the Games, while the basketball and volleyball court at the Juan Escutia Sports Palace were originally constructed for entertainment purposes before being repurposed for sporting events. The athletics stadium was renovated in 2014 and has hosted several international events including the Pan American Sports Festival and UIPM 2018 Pentathlon World Championships. It currently houses three of Mexico City’s American Football teams.

The fencing hall underwent extensive renovation prior to the 50th anniversary of the Games in 2018 and now includes facilities for artistic gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, and handball for use by clubs and the local community. The Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome was renovated in both the mid-1990s and again in 2016 and is equipped with an artificial pitch for local football clubs to use. It also features a concrete track that replaced its wooden one in 1997.

In addition to these sports facilities, the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports Complex also hosts various other events such as Mexican Grand Prix at Hermanos Rodríguez racetrack since 2015 and baseball games at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium which opened in 2019 and serves as home to Diablos Rojos team.

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